News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2006

DEA's Seattle Division to Promote
National Methamphetamine Awareness Day
Events Planned in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska on November 30th

NOV 28 -- (SEATTLE) – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Seattle Field Division will join federal, state and local agencies in promoting National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on November 30, 2006.

The purpose of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is to educate the public about the damaging effects of methamphetamine manufacture and abuse on individuals, families and American communities. The objective is two-fold: to reach potential methamphetamine users with a prevention message and to educate current users about treatment programs available to them.

“Methamphetamine Awareness Day is part of an ongoing effort to educate the public, particularly our youth, about meth’s dangerous realities and work towards replacing ignorance and curiosity with accurate information about the very real horrors of this drug,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Rodney Benson. “We will continue to push this message out to the public to ensure that methamphetamine does not take hold of another generation.”

The following special events are planned in the Seattle Field Division for National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on November 30 th. Media interested in covering any of these events should contact Special Agent Keith Neeley at (206) 553-1318.

Everett, Washington :

Methamphetamine Awareness and Effective Strategies
Time: 11:00AM
Location: 1 st Floor Public Meeting Room, New Snohomish County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington
POC: DEA Special Agent Keith Neeley, Demand Reduction Coordinator - Seattle, (206) 553-1318
Target Audience: Local, State, and Federal Legislators, Snohomish County Sheriff, Snohomish County State Prosecutor, Snohomish County Drug Task Force, and Health and Human Services coalitions in the county. The Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force has invited Federal Congressmen Rick Larsen, Senator Cantwell and State Attorney General Rob McKenna to attend.
Coalition and Presentation partners: DEA, Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force- Methamphetamine Crime Enforcement Team, and others T.B.D. This is a two-part session. The first part is a press and media round table, and the second part engages the Snohomish County Employees and citizens to view a brief Power-point presentation on the impacts of Methamphetamine.

Yakima, Washington:

Methamphetamine Informational Booth
Time: T.B.D.
Location: Mid Valley Mall, 2010 Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside, Washington 98944
Target Audience: Public
Coalition and Presentation partners: DEA, and Washington State Patrol

Spokane, Washington:

Methamphetamine Awareness
Time: 2:00PM
Location: DEA Office, West 1124 Riverside, Suite L-300, Spokane, Washington 99201
POC: DEA Special Agent Keith Neeley, Demand Reduction Coordinator- Seattle, (206) 553-1318, or Spokane Resident Agent in Charge Scott Hanten (509) 353-2964
Coalition and Presentation partners: DEA, U.S. Attorney James McDevitt, Spokane Greater Substance Abuse Council, and others T.B.D.

Anchorage, Alaska:

Methamphetamine Awareness Presentation
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: University of Alaska at Anchorage
POC: DEA Special Agent Keith Neeley, Demand Reduction Coordinator - Seattle, (206) 553-1318, or DEA Anchorage Assistant Special Agent in Charge Harvey Goehring (907) 271-1292
Coalition and Presentation partners: DEA, Anchorage School District, The Partnership for a Drug Free America, and others T.B.D.

Portland, Oregon:

Methamphetamine Awareness Presentation
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
Target Audience: Medical, Dental, and Nursing, Pharmacists students
POC: DEA Special Agent William Etter, Demand Reduction Coordinator - Portland (503) 793-0529
Coalition and Presentation partners: DEA, the Oregon Partnership, the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center at OHSU

Boise, Idaho:

Methamphetamine Awareness Presentation
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Boise State University
Target Audience: Young College Students
POC: DEA Boise Resident Agent in Charge Keith Weis (208) 334-1620
Coalition and Presentation Partners: DEA, United States Attorney’s Office, and others T.B.D.

Additional methamphetamine and drug information for parents and young people is available at www.justthinktwice.com. To see the damaging effects methamphetamine has the body take a look at www.facesofmeth.com.